Description of GLLC/MNLEND Life Course Forum (Held on 9/23/2011):
Life Course Theory provides a broad view of looking at health and wellness. There is a complex interplay between biology, behavior, emotions, socialization, and environmental factors in an individual. It is this interplay which can contribute to health outcomes. This is especially true for children and adolescents with special health care needs. The value of the life course allows professionals, practitioners, and physicians to see the full picture of an individual and how their life experiences and environment can affect their health outcomes.
There continues to be a new and emerging field in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) in Life Course Theory. At the Marco level life course theory provides new and expanded ways to address disparities in health care and services. The life course perspective highlights the value of intervention at critical periods in an individual’s life and the value of internal and external factors that contribute to overall health.
The goals of the LEND forum were: